Can’t Hardly Breathe by Gena Showalter

Dorothea and Daniel were classmates back in high school. Dorothea was called Dot or Dottie because of her mass of freckles and Daniel was the hottest guy on campus. Dottie has been in love with Daniel as long as she can remember but Daniel barely knew that she existed. Forward time to the present and Dottie now owns and operates the old inn in Strawberry Valley. She has a new customer and it turns out to be Daniel who is moving back to town after his service in the US military. He now owns a successful security company and plans to lick his wounded emotions by living with his father again and coming to terms with his PTSD. Sparks begin to fly between Dorothea and Daniel while both hide hurtful parts of their lives and try to come to terms with the possibility of having a relationship. A story with witty dialogue, lovable characters and a funny, sweet story. This enjoyable book will appeal to lovers of contemporary romance.

Can’t Hardly Breathe by Gena Showalter will be available August 29, 2017 by HQN Books/Harper Collins. An egalley of this book was made available by the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

Check Me Out by Becca Wilhite

Will and Greta have been best friends since elementary school. Greta gets a birthday present from Will that is perfect! His gift is a handsome man, Mac, who loves poetry and sends beautiful, romantic texts to Greta making her swoon. Greta is a librarian in her hometown public library. She loves her job and gets involved in a series of events trying to raise money to benefit the library. There is also an important election to decide if the town wants to support a tax hike to fund the library. During the entire process, Greta is falling for the handsome Mac. She’s decided that he’s the perfect guy for her; are is he? A sweet story that tells the age-old story, you might not need what you think you want! I enjoyed the confirmation to the reader that texts can be an unreliable way of professing emotions. The library story was a real thing to me with advances in technology, libraries must conform to become relevant to today’s population. Enjoyed the story and recommend this book to everyone!

Check Me Out by Becca Wilhite will be available February 6, 2018 by Shadow Mountain Publishing. An egalley of this book was made available by the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey

Perveen Mistry, is the first woman lawyer in Bombay, India. Born into a family of attorneys, Perveen rises above prejudicial difficulties in her schooling and a shattering of her heart to become a successful young solicitor with her father. One of their cases involves a complex situation of three widows whose husband has just passed away. The problem is deep and leads the reader into an intriguing story of the Parsis Zoroastrian culture in India during the early 1900’s. Sujata Massey has the talented gift of turning descriptive language into a lush, rich 1920’s India that showcases tempting smells, crowded, bustling streets in Bombay and a story that is so rich in culture that I couldn’t put it down. I have truly never read an author like Sujata Massey who has the talent to develop characters that are living and breathing on the pages, characters that you love or hate, but regardless. you know them well. I am a big fan of Sujata Massey after meeting her at a library convention years ago that lead me to begin reading her outstanding Rei Shimura series of mysteries. The series starts with The Salaryman’s Wife and I have read every book that she has written since then. After reading The Sleeping Dictionary, I didn’t think that she could get any better. Oh was I wrong, this book is one of the best that I’ve read in years. Wish I could give it 10 stars but I’ll just say that if you love to be immersed in another culture and love mysteries with strong characters, THIS is the book!

The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey will be available January 9, 2018 by Soho Crime/Random House Publishers. An egalley of this book was made available by the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

Forbidden Knight by Diana Cosby

Alesone MacNiven is on her way to see King Robert Bruce of Scotland. She comes across a Knight Templar, Sir Thomas MacKelloch. After she nearly puts an arrow into Sir Thomas, she gains his admiration as he is later sent as a bodyguard with Alesone to a safe castle, away from English soldiers. Sir Thomas and Alesone brave the cold and English knights to make their way to safety. An interesting story with a little romance and a great battle scene at the end. I really enjoyed this plot and recommend the book to lovers of historical romance in Scotland.

Forbidden Knight by Diana Cosby will be available on June 6, 2017 by Lyrical Press/Kensington Books. An egalley of this book was made available by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.

Seducing Mr. Sykes by Maggie Robinson

Lady Sarah Marchmain is a young woman who rebels against ordinary “womenly ways” in Puddling-on-the-Wold, England in 1882. She has decided that marriage is out of the question and she prefers men’s trousers to a ball gown. She is living in a rehabilitation center; her father’s way of getting her “character ” back to where it belongs. A nearby son of a baron, Tristen Sykes, appears at the center and circumstances throw the two together, changing their lives forever. An enjoyable story with plenty of spicy love and chuckling humor. I enjoyed the dialogue and thought the characters were well-developed and likable. Recommended for lovers of historical romance.

Seducing Mr. Sykes by Maggie Robinson will be available June 20, 2017 by Lyrical Press/Kensington Books. An egalley of this book was made available by the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

Sadie’s Highlander by Maeve Greyson

Sadie Williams is employed by her sister’s movie company and allowed to work at the ultimate theme park in North Carolina, Highland Life and Legends. The owner and operator of the park is Alec MacDara who is actually a tenth century, Scottish Highland warrior and time-traveler who has been transported to the twenty-first century along with his brothers. Sadie has to work closely with Alec and is attracted to the handsome Highlander. An enjoyable story and a cast of characters that are likable and engaging. Recommended for lovers of time-travel and historical romance.

Sadie’s Highlander by Maeve Greyson will be available September 12, 2017 by Loveswept, an imprint of Random House Publishing Group. An egalley of this book was made available by the publisher in exchange for a honest review

Death of a Bachelorette by Laura Levine

Jaine Austen goes off on another mysterious adventure with her zany cat, Prozac. This book has Jaine jetting off to a tropical island to work as a writer on a reality “bachelorette” show. Jaine gets stuck with a bachelor prince who can’t remember his lines and three bachelorettes who scratch and fight for the prince’s hand. One of Jaine’s biggest problem is Prozac and her ability to escape from their steaming, little, attic room no matter how many locks are on the door! I’ve read one other Laura Levine/Jaine Austen mystery and I have really enjoyed her characters and dialogue. I’m not a big cat lover but I couldn’t help but smile when I read about the antics of Prozac. You can just imagine this diva cat preening and snickering at the rest of the cast! Laura Levine is a super-witty author that had me in stitches throughout the book. If you want to have fun reading a super-cute story with murder and mystery thrown in, this is the book for you.

Death of a Bachelorette by Laura Levine will be available June 27, 2017 by Kensington Publishing Corp. An egalley of this book was made available by the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

Blue Heaven, Black Night by Heather Graham

Elise, the secret, illegitimate daughter of Henry II goes to the castle to pay her respects to her father after his death. During her visit, a band of thieves come into the chamber to rob and pillage the contents of the room. Elise is mistaken for one of the robbers by a loyal, handsome knight of the king. She cannot reveal her identity and the knight cannot neglect his duty. Despite all that happens, mutual attraction wins. I liked the book but it was a long “cat and mouse” game. This whole book could have been much shorter and still accomplished the same ending. An interesting plot but I felt like it got bogged down throughout the book.

Blue Heaven, Black Night by Heather Graham will be available May 30, 2017 by Zebra, an imprint of Kensington Books Corp. An egalley of this book was made available by the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

The Bad Luck Bride by Jane Goodger

Alice Hubbard has gained a nickname after three attempted weddings, “bad luck bride”. She swears that she will never marry now, that is until she reunites with the only love of her life, Henderson Southwell. Alice Hubbard is the granddaughter of a duke. Henderson Southwell is a bastard, son of a single mother and an unknown father. Henderson left England for India, four years before, right after the death of Joseph Hubbard, his best friend and Alice’s older brother. Alice and Henderson secretly love each other, unbeknownst to each other. Alice is about to marry again to a “suitable ” fiance. She longs for love in the relationship but only knows that feeling with Henderson. This story revolves around love, wealth, position, and murder. I loved this book and found the author’s dialogue to be witty and entertaining. Her characters were multi-dimensional and likable. I usually don’t read this era of British romance but think that I have not only become a fan of the author, but also the genre. I highly recommend this book to all lovers of historical romance.

The Bad Luck Bride by Jane Goodger will be available June 13, 2017 by Kensington Books Corp. An egalley of this book was made available by the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

Resilient by Gillian Archer

Bad-boy biker, Tank, is a handsome, brooding man who has secrets in his past that keep him from any romantic commitment. There is a high profile wedding happening soon in the True Brothers MC and Nicole Walker is attending the festivities when she notices Tank. Nicole is a college educated beauty who has secrets of her own and a “one night only” limit in her liaison department. Tank sees her as a “forever type” girl that needs a commitment that he’s not willing to give. The story revolves around their relationship.
Gillian Archer scores again in the third “True Brothers MC” installment. I have to confess that I am not the typical reader of “biker romance/biker fiction”. In fact, I’ve never read any other author but Gillian Archer! BUT, this is the second book that I’ve read in the series! I love it and I love Gillian Archer, the author! Deep reoccurring characters, complex situations, spicy sexual encounters and excellent writing give this book a big five star rating!

Resilient by Gillian Archer will be available July 11, 2017 by Loveswept, an imprint of Penguin Random House Publishers. An egalley of this book was made available by the publisher in exchange for a honest review.